Verhaeghe, Carter

Bolts Re-Sign AHL Goal and Point Leader to One-Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Carter Verhaeghe to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Verhaeghe, 23, played in 76 games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, recording 34 goals and 82 points to go along with 34 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating. The Toronto, Ontario native led the Crunch for points and assists (48) last season, while also pacing the AHL for goals and points. He was also one of two players to appear in all 76 games last season (Cal Foote). Verhaeghe also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games in 2019, notching a goal and six points.

The 6-foot-1, 181-pound forward has skated in 211 career AHL games with the Crunch, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Toronto Marlies over five seasons, recording 73 goals and 175 points. Verhaeghe set career highs for games played, goals, assists and points during the 2018-19 season.

Verhaeghe was acquired by the Lightning from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis on July 1, 2017.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-23-19 Crunch at Monsters

Desperate Crunch stave off elimination.

SYR-2
CLE-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-1

Eddie Pasquale turned aside 25 of 26 for the victory.

First Period
12:10 SYR Barre-Boulet (1), (Stephens, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:31 SYR Andreoff (1), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)
12:47 CLE Scott (2), (Dalpe)(SH)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and second stars.

Backs against the wall, Syracuse grossly outshot Cleveland 20-8 through the first 40 minutes tonight and, but for some bad luck with some posts, probably deserved to have a much larger than 1-0 lead. Thankfully, they got the insurance marker on the PP early in the Third Period and then managed to withstand the age-old score effects surge from the Monsters the rest of the way. Game Four will really tell the tale, though, because I expect a lot more urgency from Cleveland facing the prospect of having to go to a decisive Game Five on the road in Syracuse if they fail to deliver in their own barn. Syracuse could really use a break through in their secondary scoring to help make that happen.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-19-19 Monsters at Crunch

:Face palm:

CLE-5
SYR-3

Cleveland Leads the Series 1-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
10:15 CLE Letestu (1), (Milano, DeSalvo)
12:26 CLE MacInnis (1), (unassisted)
17:55 SYR Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Gaunce)(PP)

Third Period
10:49 SYR Conacher (1), (Gaunce, Verhaeghe)(PP)
13:09 CLE Stenlund (1), (Sherwood, Cockerill)(PP)
14:01 CLE Dalpe (1), (MacInnis, Vigneault)
18:08 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Barre-Boulet, Conacher)
19:23 CLE Simpson (1), (unassisted)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse was guilty of getting off to a slow start and didn't get back to even footing until midway through the final frame, only to come apart at the seams and allowed a couple of goals in less than a minute shortly thereafter. So now the Crunch fall squarely behind the eight ball going into Game Two, and I'm starting to really, REALLY hate the state of Ohio.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-13-19 Americans at Crunch

Kings of the North.

ROC-3
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:39 ROC Olofsson (29), (O'Regan)(PP)
10:26 SYR Raddysh (18), (Stephens, Masin)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:30 SYR Stephens (11), (Raddysh, Labrie)
2:47 ROC Olofsson (30), (Asplund, Gosselin)
16:39 SYR Verhaeghe (34), (Barre-Boulet)
18:06 SYR Dumont (15), (Gaunce)(EN)
19:43 ROC Smith (2), (Veilleux, Cornel)

Carter Verhaeghe and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars.

How wonderful was it for the Crunch to get a total team win to kick down the door to the division title and seize crown? The kids, Taylor Raddysh and Mitchell Stephens, got Syracuse into the winning time, and the veterans like Verhaeghe and Gabriel Dumont took the team over the finish line.

Now with 101 points going into their final regular season tilt tomorrow, Syracuse will finish with the second best regular season record in the entire league. The Crunch will wait to see who their first round playoff opponent will be: either the Belleville Senators or the Cleveland Monsters. Both clubs are tied at 82 points with the Sens holding a decisive ROW advantage as the tiebreaker. However, both teams have tough finales tomorrow against Rochester and Toronto, respectively.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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